And then there were two….

Our local wintering Barn Owl was out at it’s usual time in the quiet weather and clear skies of yesterday afternoon and put on a fine show of it’s hunting technique in the fallow meadow. After quartering for a few minutes alone, it was joined by a second bird that…

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The Bum Barrel Gang

The Bum Barrel Gang passed through today,constant flicks of head and tail,skip and hop from twig to lichened twig,bare honeysuckle, then downto the sunflower hearts and fat-ballof the garden oasis. Garbed in pink and black,yellow eyeliner and pinched face,they lifted the soul for a moment,tails erect as conductor’s batons,driving nature’s…

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A rare garden sighting

After a morning on a chilly football training pitch I returned home and enjoyed a spot of kitchen window bird-watching while I warmed up. The feeders were popular, blue and great tits streaming across the gardens on an aerial corridor to our honeysuckle where we hang the nuts. A small…

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Caught in a Sparrowhawk’s stare

I posted a picture on twitpic last weekend taken of a Sparrowhawk flying in acrobatic fashion around our feeding station. It was, as always, an exciting and spectacular visit with the shear speed and aeronautical ability of the bird in flight a joy to behold. The Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) is…

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First pictures of our garden’s Sparrowhawk

High drama on a grey and chilly day in Barwick! The honeysuckle has been full of birds as usual as the Blue, Coal, Marsh and Great tits continue their almost dawn ’til dusk procession to and fro to the feeders. Sometimes there are remarkably high numbers – I counted 20+…

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